This series introduces candidates for the European Association for Palliative Care Board of Directors who will be standing for election (or in some cases re-election) in May 2015. We hope the blog posts provide an opportunity for candidates to explain more about themselves and how they might contribute to the EAPC and the palliative care community more generally. Board members are nominated by national associations or, in a few cases, by individual members. They are elected as individuals to service the EAPC for a four-year term, with one additional opportunity to be re-elected. The EAPC is keen to have Board members from all disciplines, at all stages of their career, and from all parts of Europe.
The series continues today with Dr Anne de la Tour, Head of the Department of Palliative Care and Chronic Pain, Centre Hospitalier V. Dupouy, Argenteuil, France.
If elected to the EAPC Board, I would like to help increase French participation in the work groups and research projects linked to the EAPC. I would be interested to bring together a group of young palliative care students and seniors to take part in EAPC congresses and to encourage and support them as often they do not feel confident about speaking English.
I am the head of a palliative care and chronic pain department in Argenteuil (near Paris) where I created a hospice in the hospital. I am on the board of the French Society for Palliative Care (SFAP), which helps me to keep up to date with the latest developments in palliative care in France. I am also the doctor responsible for the doctors’ college at the SFAP.
I was motivated to get involved in palliative care when working as a nurse. I worked with patients who did not receive appropriate care and this encouraged me to become a palliative care doctor. I also met Dr Michèle Salamagne (who had been involved with the EAPC from the early days), whose humility and passion for this type of care deeply moved me.
My passion is to create innovative projects and create links and networks between the different professionals. I like to learn about different techniques and experiences in other countries and that is why I have just attended a seminar at the Cicely Saunders Institute/King’s College London. When I’m not working, I like being with my family and friends, travelling in different countries, swimming, skiing, walking, playing tennis, flower arranging… and enjoying life to the fullest.
More about the EAPC Board elections…
EAPC Board elections take place on Saturday 9 May from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm in room 171 of the Congress Center. If you are a member of the EAPC and eligible to vote please do go along and place your vote. Members can find more information on voting procedures and all the candidates standing for election on the EAPC website. (Members will need to login to access these pages). We are also publishing candidates’ posts on the EAPC Blog in the run-up to the elections. Click here to read previous posts from other candidates.
EAPC Congress update…
If you’re joining us at the14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May, you can now download the final programme and the book of abstracts.
Follow all the Congress events on Twitter @EAPCOnlus the official Congress hashtag is #eapc2015
Vous venez à Copenhague?
Nous aurons le plaisir de vous accueillir au 14ième Congrès Mondial de l’Association Européenne de Soins Palliatifs à Copenhague au Danemark, du 8 au 10 mai 2015. Vous pouvez décharger le programme final, ainsi que le livre des résumés.
Suivez-nous sur Twitter @EAPCOnlus avec le hashtag officiel #eapc2015